Sunday, September 12, 2010

Pimpin' The Black Dagger Brotherhood Series by J.R. Ward

WARNING – Ahead, there may be gushing, fanaticism, run on sentences, tangents & fan girly squealing. You have been warned!

Back Cover of Dark Lover by J.R. Ward - Black Dagger Brotherhood (BDB) Novel #1

In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there's a deadly turf war going on between vampires and their slayers. There also exists a secret band of brothers like no other - six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Among them, none relishes killing their enemies more than Wrath, the leader of the Black Dagger Brotherhood...

The only purebred vampire left on the planet, Wrath has a score to settle with the slayers who murdered his parents centuries ago. But when one of his most trusted fighters is killed- orphaning a half-breed daughter unaware of her heritage or her fate - Wrath must usher the beautiful female into the world of the undead…

Racked by a restlessness in her body that wasn't there before, Beth Randall is helpless against the dangerously sexy man who comes to her at night with shadows in his eyes. His tales of brotherhood and blood frighten her. But his touch ignites a dawning hunger that threatens to consume them both…

And so began the series that kicked my lifelong pimpage of books to a whole new level! The Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward is one of my favorite book series EVER! I became aware of the series from a mention at the back of another book that I was reading (which, unfortunately, I can’t even remember now! That book was BB or "Before BDB" and a lot of books read back then have since dropped out of the forefront of my mind!). I ordered the first book, Dark Lover, received it, settled in to read it, made it about 42 pages in before I calmly put the book down, walked over to my computer, ordered all of the other books in the series (at that time, there were three other books to order) and requested EXPEDITED delivery before I settled right back in to read some more! That same day, I started the pimping! I called my sisters, I texted my girlfriends, I told co-workers…..even folks that weren’t regular readers! I told fellow readers who don’t read romance or paranormal. The more into the series I got, the more my pimping grew. I told cousins, random folks on the internet, strangers that I met at OTHER author’s book signings, passerby’s in the bookstore, people in the waiting room at the doctor’s office, that nosy chick at the grocery store that asked about the book I was carrying in my purse….it didn’t matter! If someone looked like they COULD read, I told them about the BDB! I have always been one to share my opinions about a book, or a series of books or a TV show or a song, etc, if I really loved it, but the way I became with the BDB was even new to me! It was as if I couldn’t NOT tell people about the books!

And, please understand, my BDB adoration was not limited to pimpage of the books. Oh no….it goes MUCH further than that! I have named my car after one of the Brothers. I use variations of the Brothers names for all of my passwords at work. I have bought at least two of the books multiple times because I loan them out to other people to read…and then find that I can’t be without them and NEED to have them in my possession! I have called in to work to finish a book (I don’t work there anymore but it doesn’t have anything to do with that incident….I DON’T THINK….heh heh…). I've started to distrust anyone that smells like baby powder (if you haven't read the books, you won't understand that one yet but if you're read them...YOU KNOW!). I’m obsessed, plain and simple. And I have NO shame about it. NONE. The series ROCKS.

Enough about me and my feelings, though! Let me give you a bit about the books in a well thought out intelligent manner, just in case you aren’t acquainted with them yet. THE BOOKS ARE MADE OF AWESOMENESS! Oh…sorry….that slipped out. What I meant to say is that there are currently eight full length novels in the series plus an Insider’s Guide.

The newest book in the series, published in April of this year is Lover Mine:

Each book is considered paranormal romance and has a Happily Ever After (HEA) although some of have thought that the romance has been a little thin in a couple of the books. I have a slight preference for urban fantasy books over paranormal romance books so I’m most interested in the overall story being told about the struggle between good and evil in the books but the romance aspect is something to tune in for, as well. There are some eyeball sweatin type sex scenes, so…gird your loins. For real.  If you're reading out in public, some of the scenes will have obsessively checking to make sure no one is looking at the book over your shoulder...and they might have you looking at perfect strangers with a certain gleam in your eye!  Don't say I didn't give you a heads up!  The writing is sharp and includes a lot of American pop culture references but even if you don’t get them, I still think you’ll enjoy the stories as a whole. You don’t HAVE to read the books in order but I highly recommend it. You will laugh, you might cry, you’ll be shocked, you’ll be pleased and you’ll always want for more! Crave for more. NEED more. The series is like a drug. Seriously. I feel I should put that disclaimer out there; you WILL get addicted so just be ready.

So there you have it! For those of you that have read them, have you also had the inability to stop pimping the series? Have you given in to obsession as well? Comment and let us all know! And, if you haven’t read them yet and do, let me know because I’m ALWAYS up to discuss these books! ALWAYS!

Thanks for stopping by! Happy Reading! True.  :-)

Sunday, September 5, 2010

2 Pimps in One; Sons of Anarchy & The Succubus Diaries

Hi! Welcome to my blog! The name pretty much says it all; I’m Penny and this is my spot to pimp out my faves. Let’s get started with the pimpin, shall we? I’ve decided to dedicate my first post to one of my favorite television shows which is also going to lead me to pimp out a new favorite book series, as well! First blogpost and we’re already experiencing the coveted Pimp within a Pimp! WOOT!

Sons of Anarchy is the most bad azz show on television right now. Period. That's what I think.  This is how FX Networks describes it:

FX's original series, Sons of Anarchy, is an adrenalized drama with darkly comedic undertones that explores a notorious outlaw motorcycle club's (MC) desire to protect its livelihood while ensuring that their simple, sheltered town of Charming, California remains exactly that, Charming. The MC must confront threats from drug dealers, corporate developers, and overzealous law officers. Behind the MC's familial lifestyle and legally thriving automotive shop is a ruthless and illegally thriving arms business. The seduction of money, power, and blood.

Jackson 'Jax' Teller (Charlie Hunnam) is the MC's vice-president, whose loyalty to the club is tested by his growing apprehension for its lawlessness; Gemma Teller Morrow (Katey Sagal) is Jax's force-of-nature mother; and Clarence 'Clay' Morrow (Ron Perlman) is Jax's stepfather and MC president. The triangle of Mother, Son, and Stepfather will ultimately reveal the dark secrets in this family's past and the lengths they will go to protect their sins.

The description is accurate but it only scratches the surface of all that the show offers. There’s something for everyone (as long as they are of age, that is; the show has a TV-MA rating and is heavy on the adult stuff!). Its got drama, intrigue, humor, mystery, bikes, hot guys, loose women, gang bangers, white supremacists, a porn studio (no, for real, it does!), bombs, prostitutes, revival meetings, shootings, maimings, tattoos, carnivals, babies, babies mamas, doctors, drugs, sex and rock n roll! And, there's a great love story, as well. WHAT MORE COULD YOU ASK??!? If you like classic tales, you should know that the show’s creator, Kurt Sutter, freely admits that the show is loosely based on Hamlet. Don’t let the bikers and the strong language and the TV-MA rating scare you away. Even if you don’t think it's your kind of entertainment, I’d still say give it a try. I didn’t get hooked in by the advertising or the word of mouth; I actually started watching because a friend of mine had a small role on the show in a couple of episodes and I wanted to see him. Once I tuned in one time, I was HOOKED and kicking myself for not having started watching earlier. The writing is sharp, the actors are fantastic and the story is compelling. It is just great entertainment and I highly recommend it.

There…that sounded all official-like and well thought out and all that good stuff, right? Great, because when I first conceived this post, ALL I planned on saying is “You should watch this show because THIS GUY is on it”:

Yeah….probably wouldn’t have been a very informative but it would have been accurate! THAT GUY is Charlie Hunnam aka Jackson “Jax Teller”. Seriously, I could write a BOOK about my love for the character Jax Teller. I won’t…but I could. What I will say is that he is a strong alpha male character who would do anything for his family and the woman he loves (and I’m not going to tell you who she is because it’s slightly spoilery, if you’ve never watched). And when I say “anything”…. I DO MEAN ANYTHING. He is the character that sold me on the show and a mutual love for him is what leads me to the subject of our pimp within a pimp; The Succubus Diaries series by Jill Myles.

Jackie was an ordinary museum docent until a mysterious vampire and a fallen angel made her into a succubus. Now a sexy immortal, she’s caught between an age-old war between angels, demons, and the immortals exiled to earth. When everyone else is choosing sides, which will she pick? The good guy or the bad boy? Maybe she wants both…

Firstly, HELLLOOOO Mr. Cover Man; How YOU doin?? Gentlemen Prefer Succubi is the first of The Succubus Diaries books. Succubi Like it Hot is the second book and its also available now. The third book, due out in December is My Fair Succubi. I’ve read the first two books and loved them! They are steamy and witty, have several laugh out loud moments and are a different spin on vampires and angels. The Succubus Diaries were on the list (yes, there’s a pimpin list already!) to eventually get their own pimp BUT they moved up to the first blog spot because Jill Myles recently posted pictures of who she envisions as her characters on her Facebook page and she thinks of one of her characters guessed it....Charlie Hunnam aka Jax Teller! WOOT! As I told her on her page, if I didn’t already think she was fantastic....THAT DID IT!! I usually like to make up my own mind about what characters should look like BUT in this case, I think I’m going to re-read the books and imagine Noah as Charlie…just because!

And there you have it; my first blogpost! Hope you enjoyed it! Sons of Anarchy season 3 premieres in the US on Fx this Tuesday, September 7th and the first two Succubus Diaries are out and available for purchase. Please let me know if you have or plan to watch or read either; I’d love to discuss with you! Thanks for stopping by and come back!